A 21-year-old Indonesian maid, who was allegedly repeatedly abused by her employers in Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, has died while she was being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital
The maid, identified as Adelina from Medan, was admitted to Bukit Mertajam Hospital for treatment after she was rescued by Seberang Prai Tengah police.
She was found outside the front gate of her employers' house with bruises on her face and head. She had serious injuries on her arms and legs.
In this photo provided by the employers' neighbour, 21-year-old Adelina is seen sleeping outside her employer's home in Bukit Mertajam.
Adelina suffered daily abuse at the hands of her employers, who constantly scolded and beat her up. They forced her to sleep on the porch with their dog and would only provide occasional meals.
The alleged abused only came to light when a police report was lodged by an aide to the Bukit Mertajam Member of Parliament
According to Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid, after police received the information about the maid being abused, they immediately deployed personnel to the scene.
"There was swelling on the victim's head and face, as well as other injuries on her arms and legs," Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
She was said to be working at her employer's home for the past two years. However, attempts to record her statement was unsuccessful as she was in fear.
Police have detained her employers, a man and woman, 39 and 36, both siblings, to assist in investigations under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons
The siblings have been remanded for four days until 14 February.
While the maid died in hospital as she was getting treated, the case will not be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, as yet.
"A post-mortem will be conducted to ascertain her cause of death," Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said.